Letter from our Principal / Executive Director Heather King

Update 7/1/2020

Hello MEAA Parents and Students,
We hope you are having a wonderful summer! Due to the ever-changing situation with the COVID-19 Pandemic and the general guidelines released from the Maine Department of Education, Maine Arts Academy is preparing to:

1. Disinfect classrooms in between classes with Ionizer sprayers
2. Use One-way traffic patterns for entering and leaving buildings
3. Limit the class size to 10 students per classroom
4. Provide masks for students and face shields for teachers
5. Provide safe transportation options in which students are seated at a distance from each other on the bus
6. Disinfect all musical instruments and equipment in between classes and prevent students from sharing.
7. Provide prepackaged lunch through the lunch program from Chef Tim
8. Have no-touch thermometers available to screen students
9. A prepared room where students can wait away from others for parent-pick up if ill.
10. Scheduling students with a combination of on-campus learning each week and remote learning.

Maine Arts Academy has two goals in mind, the safety of each student and delivering quality education. Please check for another update in August that will provide details about student schedules

Letter from our Principal / Executive Director Heather King

Update 5/1/2020

Hello MEAA Parents and Students,

Thank you for your continued support in helping your child continue to complete their
courses online! We are so proud that our students will not have gaps in learning during
this crisis! We could not have done this without your support at home!

There will be no regular classes next Thursday or Friday, May 7 and May 8 due to
seniors presenting their capstone projects! Seniors will be provided a time slot and a
Zoom link to the present. Students will not have to sign into regular classes. This will also
give students time to catch up on any work.

Our physical school will remain closed for the remainder of this academic year. We will
continue online classes until May 27. On that date, grades will close for all students who
are NOT FAILING. The last day of online classes for students who are passing all of
their classes is May 27. Students who are failing will have the opportunity to make up
assignments and work with teachers on these dates: May 28, May 29, June 1, 2, 3, 4. 5
This will give any students who have struggled during this unprecedented time extra
support and more time to finish their work before grades are officially posted.

Laptops, instruments, and any other school materials will need to be dropped off to our
school office by June 1, 2020. Please be sure you return all the computer accessories.
We will have stations set up for drop-off to uphold social distance rules.

We are continuing to work on how to have meaningful and memorable
graduation for our seniors. We are planning on having graduation on June 7, 2020
but the time has changed from 1:00 pm to 7:30 pm so we can have a Drive-in
Movie style graduation.
More details will be sent out specifically to seniors and their
families.

We are having a TRIVIA NIGHT on May 14 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM! All families and
students are invited to play! There will be gift card prizes for the winner of each round.
Here is the ZOOM link:
https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/3395262955?pwd=bDJKWEN1allyS0hMZTh3K0VCUU
NlQT09

Please let us know if you need any kind of mental health assistance. We have a
counselor that will provide e-therapy to your child.

Just a reminder that early college class enrollment is open for the University of Maine at
Augusta, University of Maine Fort Kent, and Machias. KVCC is also taking early college
applications. Please go to the https://umaine.edu/earlycollege/aspirations/ to sign up for
the University of Maine courses. If you are not planning on driving to an on-campus
course, please make sure the course says “web” next to it. Please email
hking@maineartsacademy.org for the KVCC application. All juniors with a “B” average
are eligible to take 4 free college classes for free.

If your child has not signed up for their courses for next year, here is the link to the
course-signup form
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EQLPgVlwpc0j--3qegZhuMKQt7Dlx9kZPnsTpiGatD0/
edit

We are in open enrollment! Please send new students our way! We can give them a
virtual tour or meet them for a private tour on our beautiful campus.

We appreciate all your support this semester during these unprecedented times!

Sincerely,
Heather King
Principal/Head of School
Rachel Roberge
Assistant Principal

Letter from our Principal / Executive Director Heather King

Update 4/17/19

Hello MEAA Parents,

As you know, last week the Commissioner of Education made the recommendation that Maine
schools should continue online learning for the remainder of the school year. At this time, we
are following this recommendation, but staying open to something possibly changing. If there
are no health risks involved, I will immediately invite students back to campus. We know how
hard this has been for all our students along with their families. Thank you for your support at
home unders extremely stressful circumstances!

On Monday April 20th April vacation begins! Students will resume their learning on Monday
April 27, 2020. Please take time to relax, have your child put their computer down and enjoy
some quality time outside. We are also hoping that April vacation will help your child renew their
motivation for learning! Please make sure once school resumes, that your student is attending
classes online and keeping their attendance up. This will ensure there are no learning gaps for
next year and also provide a much needed routine each day.

We will be working on approving any college course sign-ups in the next week as well. Please
email me with any questions you might have! If your child has not filled out their course
schedule for next year, please have them do so. The Google Form and course handbook was
sent out through Parent Squared and is on our website.

If you need mental health support for your child, please reach out to either Mrs. Roberge or
myself and we will refer you to our therapist who can provide e-therapy. We are here to help!
We are in open-enrollment! Please send students our way! There is an admissions tab on our
website where students can fill out paperwork for attending next year. Diane Manter
(dmanter@maineartsacademy.org) can also provide more information.

Take care of each other, stay healthy and reach out if you need something! Have a wonderful
April vacation!

Sincerely,
Heather King
Principal/Head of School
Rachel Roberge
Assistant Principal

March 22, 2020

Dear MEAA Families,

I hope this email finds you well during this difficult time. Unfortunately, you should plan on your kiddos continuing online school through April vacation. I will reassess attending school starting April 27. I will keep you posted.

We will be postponing prom until a further date to be announced. We will continue to make plans for prom, graduation, and awards night. Izzy Bouchard, a professional photographer https://www.izzybouchardphotography.com/ will be working on our yearbook. Her email is izzybouchardphotography@gmail.com or ibouchard@maineartsacademy.org. Please email her with any yearbook questions.

You should receive progress reports for your child by Monday or Tuesday through mail and email. Please let us know if you have any questions. The midterm grade is not a permanent grade on the student's record. It is simply a grade to help you assess where your student is at.

We will have morning announcements at 9:10 tomorrow morning for all students (Monday). The zoom link is: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/3395262955

Please let us know if you do not have internet or food and we will do everything we can to try and help. Take care and enjoy some much-needed family time.

Sincerely,
Heather King
Principal/Executive Director

Open Zoom